Dec 22, 2011 / Washington Park Arboretum, Students, News / UWBG Communication Staff

What does the Arboretum sound like?

Seattle-based composer, sound artist and UW doctoral student in music Abby Aresty has designed an amazing sound installation for the Washington Park Arboretum planned for autumn 2012. But she needs to raise more money for equipment to build the installation. Please help!

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CUH Update – December 2011: New Garden Features & Season’s Greetings

It has been an incredibly busy autumn here at CUH as we have several new projects underway. Our entire horticultural team has been involved with 2 major projects we’d like to highlight as these are pretty significant changes that might raise a few eyebrows.

Earlier this autumn, our arborist crew took down a large specimen of Parrotia persica that’s been growing in a raised planter in the Orin and Althea Soest Herbaceous Perennial Garden. 

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Dec 19, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

December Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part II)

1)  Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
(Midwinter Fire Dogwood)

Perhaps the first dogwood to show its bright winter stems, Midwinter Fire will continue to be the show-stopper of the twig bed until dressed in leaves again.
You will have no trouble finding this shrub in the Witt Winter Garden.

2)  Euonymus myrianthus   (Spindle Tree)

This bushy, evergreen shrub has bright orange-yellow fruit which split open to reveal the showy red arils of the seeds. 

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December 2011 Plant Profile: Ilex x koehneana

UWBG has the one of the largest Holly collections in North America and Iles x koehneana goes unnoticed until one gets up close to admire its bold presence as a broadleaf evergreen shrub.

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Dec 9, 2011 / Education / UWBG Communication Staff

UWBG Gift Certificates make great gifts

Holiday shopping got you stressed? Look no farther than UWBG! Gift certificates are now available for classes such as landscape design and mosaic art techniques. Need more gift ideas?

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Dec 6, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

December Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

1) Cedrus libani ssp. atlantica ‘Glauca’ (Blue Atlas Cedar)

This native of the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco is now placed in the same species as the “Cedar of Lebanon”.
Two beautiful specimens are located 38 and 39-6W at the Lynn Street entrance to the Arboretum.

2)  Juniperus virginiana  ‘Blue Coast’     (Red Cedar)

Though the species reaches over 100 feet, ‘Blue Coast’ is a shrubby cultivar. 

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Nov 28, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part II)

1)  Cupressus arizonica var. montana   (San Pedro Martir Cypress) 

This botanical variety of Arizona cypress grows at a high elevation in northern Baja California in
the San Pedro Martir mountain range.
Has attractive bark and cones that open when ripe.
Listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN red list.
Located in 2-6E, south end of Arboretum Drive along Broadmoor fence.

2)  Diospyros sp.  

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November 2011 Plant Profile: Acer griseum

Best known for it’s papery bark, Acer griseum is one of the most beloved landscape trees here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Nov 9, 2011 / Research, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Climate Change Impacts? Observe Cherry Tree Blossoms

UWBG professor, Soo-Hyung Kim, just published a paper in PLoS ONE that describes his study of the impact future climate change may have on the bloom dates of flowering cherries. The authors,  including Uran Chung, Liz Mack, Jin I. Yun, studied the cherry trees in Tidal Basin, Washington DC and the timing of the annual cherry festival. The cherry tree cultivars studied, Yoshino and Kwanzan, are the same cultivars growing on the UW campus campus (Quad: Yoshino, Rainer vista: Kwanzan). 

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Nov 7, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

1) Callicarpa japonica   (Japanese beautyberry)

Native to Japan, the small metallic purple berries of this multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub are
best viewed when the leaves have dropped beginning mid-to-late fall.
The berries are an important survival food for birds and other animals.
Beautyberry is just beginning to reflect its true glory in the Winter Garden.

2) Daphniphyllum macropodum

It is one of the most handsome evergreens for foliage effects. 

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